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Why Would You Boil A Bamboo Floor?

By Aladdin Modjarrad

Bamboo flooring – together with cork flooring – is fast emerging as one of the most popular ways eco conscious homeowners can go green when upgrading the flooring options in their home. Bamboo is as durable as hardwood and every bit as beautiful, but since bamboo is a plant rather than a tree it is an easily renewable resource, making it a little more environmentally friendly than some other flooring options.

In its pure and natural state bamboo creates a flooring plank that is extremely durable and rather light in color. If you look at the bamboo flooring options available however you will see that it is offered in hues ranging from the lightest yellows to the darkest of chocolate browns. These extremely attractive darker colors are created by using a process during production called bamboo carbonization.

Bamboo goes through several stages of processing on its journey from being a flimsy grass to becoming a strong and durable flooring material. If it is to be carbonized it undergoes an additional process. The bamboo is literally boiled to the point where the sugars that the plant naturally contains begin to change the color of the bamboo itself, darkening it. The longer it boils, the darker the color.

The slight drawback to carbonizing bamboo is that it does produce a slightly softer end result. On average a carbonized bamboo floor is around 30% softer than what is known in the flooring trade as natural bamboo (bamboo that has not been carbonized).

Because it is that bit softer than its natural (uncarbonized) bamboo flooring counterparts carbonized bamboo may not be the best choice for a very busy room like the kitchen. In a lower traffic space like the bedroom, where aesthetic appeal is very much a central consideration this darker bamboo flooring works perfectly though.

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Modjarrad, Aladdin "Why Would You Boil A Bamboo Floor?." Why Would You Boil A Bamboo Floor?. 11 Jul. 2010. 11 Jul 2015 <>.

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Modjarrad, A (2010, July 11). Why Would You Boil A Bamboo Floor?. Retrieved July 11, 2015, from

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